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Key Features

Hybrid IP/SDI + Analog generation, analysis & monitoring
  • Simultaneous generation and analysis for SMPTE compliance testing
  • SMPTE 2110 and 2022-6 stream encapsulation/decapsulation for IP video networks
  • 3G/HD/SD-SDI support plus Analog Composite [PAL-I, PAL-N, PAL-N (ARG), PAL-M, NTSC-M, NTSC-M (JP)]
  • SFP cage for SDI-Optical, HDMI and IP
  • Embedded audio generation, analysis & monitoring with 1x AES in, 1x AES out, 48kHz 75 Ohm
  • Balanced analog audio I/O
  • Auto Bi-level, Tri-level and SDI genlock with cross lock capability
Advanced video analysis toolset
  • Over 350 formats supported for compliance monitoring
  • 12-bit YRGB/YUV waveform monitor with horizontal/vertical zoom, chroma and low pass mode
  • Vectorscope with color wheel for checking color bias / conformity
  • Signal generation with 32 test patterns, including Pathological and moving patterns
  • CRC error detection, video aspect ratio detection and SMPTE 351 display
  • HANC/VANC support
  • Pixel check and picture zoom
Multi-channel audio analysis & monitoring
  • Embed a single external 48kHz synchronous AES stream into the generated video stream
  • Extract embedded audio and export it via the AES output
  • 16 channel audio metering
  • Dolby® E, Dolby® Digital and Dolby® Digital Plus bitstream analysis
  • Audio AES eye analysis
Remote access, automation & logging
  • TCP/IP interface for remote control and automated testing
  • Comprehensive status logging with custom reports
  • Instrument picture capture to simplify fault finding
Ultra-portable, easy to use design
  • High quality, 16:9 built-in screen for video monitoring
  • Rechargeable lithium battery delivers 1-2 hours operation and mains power also available
  • Superior ease of use with color coded GUI
  • Lightweight at 0.9kg
  • Rugged aluminium case for demanding broadcast environments


IP & advanced analysis toolset (Sx TAG only)

SMPTE 2110 & 2022- 6 IP analysis & enhanced waveform / vectorscope

IP Encap/Decap statusLink Arrow
• SMPTE 2110 and 2022-6 IP stream encapsulation/decapsulation instrument windows are provided for configuration and monitoring
• SFP+ status with video standards indication and error counts
Waveform low pass modeLink Arrow
• Sx TAG’s waveform presents low pass luminance of the composite waveform in addition to the standard waveform capabilities (see video toolset below)
Waveform horizontal/vertical zoomLink Arrow
• Sx TAG’s waveform provides horizontal/vertical zoom between x1 and x5 in addition to the standard waveform capabilities (see video toolset below)
ChromaLink Arrow
• Sx TAG’s waveform shows the chrominance of the composite waveform in addition to the standard waveform capabilities (see video toolset below)
Vectorscope color vector wheelLink Arrow
• Sx TAG’s vectorscope offers a color wheel for checking color bias / conformity
• Vectorscope can display the Composite input, SDI input, SFP video input, analog locking Reference input or generator test pattern
• Automatically applies the appropriate transforms to display the images in YCrCb, RGB and XYZ colour spaces correctly

Audio AES eyeLink Arrow
• Sx TAG’s AES Eye menu allows an AES signal of 75Ω impedance connected to the “PAL/NTSC (AES Eye) In” BNC connector to be displayed as an Eye pattern
• Amplitude and quality of the AES waveform can be seen, and allows AES to reference locking to be checked

Video toolset

Signal generation, analysis & monitoring

Signal generationLink Arrow
• Signal generator provides 32 on-board test patterns, including Pathological, zone plate, bouncing box, A/V delay, DPX custom patterns, and color fields
WaveformLink Arrow
• Full 12-bit resolution
• YCbCr, Y, Cb, Cr and GBR format display
• Configurable H and V graticules
• Single line, H-mag, V-mag, brightness, color and monochrome controls
VectorscopeLink Arrow
• 12-bit processing
• Magnification (1x to 10x)
• 75% and 100% targets
• 5% +/-5 degress boxes
• IQ axis on/off, perimeter rose, brightness, gamma, raw, persistence, low pass and interpolate trace modes
Picture display with cursorsLink Arrow
• Scaling from 1/16 to full screen
• Cursors linked to waveform
and data view
Picture zoomLink Arrow
• Provides a much closer look at picture and pixels
Instrument captureLink Arrow
• Fast and simple instrument capture to assist fault diagnosis
• Capture by pressing and holding ‘OK’ button
Moving zone plate (option)Link Arrow
• Moving zone plate option (PHSXOZ)) includes a control interface for frequency sweep adjustments, and this allows for direction and motion to be applied
• Temporal control is particularly useful for testing up/down convertors/monitors and applications which compress signals
• Custom settings can be saved down to memories and recalled at any time
SDI analysis & ancillary data analyzer (option)Link Arrow
• SDI analysis and ancillary data analyzer option (PHSXOSD) provides a detailed view of the data words contained within the SDI stream plus an ancillary data packet analyzer.
• Allows analysis of complex faults - particularly useful when debugging new products in R&D
• Ancillary packet analyzer includes a DID and SDID search editor, freeze, and freeze on trigger function
VANC analyzer grid (option)Link Arrow
• VANC analyzer grid SDI option (PHSXOVNC) provides a quick visual check for available vanc/anc ancillary data. Packet type is displayed as present, absent or red if in fault.
• Each ancillary packet available from the grid view can be set to enable logging and then presented together with other information in the events window of the logging menu
• User defined selections can be entered with the appropriate DID or SDID code.

Please note this option does not fully decode the ancillary data, but indicates the data is present

Audio toolset

Multi-channel monitoring & Dolby metadata generation/analysis

Audio generationLink Arrow
• The Sx series can embed an audio signal on all 16 embedded audio outputs
• Audio Group menu controls which audio channels, pairs or groups have test tones applied and the type of tone
• Each of the four groups may be separately enabled. When enabled, the source and level of each channel in a pair can be selected
Audio metersLink Arrow
• 16 channel audio metering
• Source for each block of 8 meters may be independently set to allow simultaneous metering of 8 inputs and 8 outputs or all 16 channels in an embedded SDI stream.
• If AES or analog inputs or outputs are present, these may also be metered
• At the bottom of each meter is the current audio level in dBFs (decibels relative to 0dB full-scale)
Audio statusLink Arrow
• Audio Status shows the Channel Status for the selected audio channel, displayed in decoded form as well as a hexadecimal dump of the bytes
• Source may either come from the input signal or from the generator for comparison purposes
Dolby metadata generation/analysis (option)Link Arrow
• Dolby metadata generator and analyzer option (PHSXO-DAG) provides Dolby generation and Dolby analysis toolsets
• All Dolby parameters can be set up and logged
• With a selection of Dolby E, Dolby Digital and Dolby Digital Plus streams to choose from, engineers can quickly enter and adjust parameters to check broadcast infrastructure - this allows the display of Dolby metadata present in a selected audio stream and determines whether the Dolby E packet is timed correctly on the SDI video stream
• Dolby E Analyzer allows the display of Dolby metadata present in a selected audio stream and determines whether the Dolby E packet is timed correctly on the SDI video stream
• V Bit information and PCM values displayed along with a snapshot of the Dolby metadata
• Dolby metadata screen carries primary information including signal source, Dolby E ‘guard band’ timing, CRC errors, program channel and metadata detail
• Peak audio levels included in the Dolby E metadata packet are displayed allowing the user to select the appropriate set of meters to display Dolby levels
• Logging for Dolby errors, Timing, Common metadata and Program metadata



Monitor Details

Display resolution      480 x 272 pixels auto scaling

Display type                16:9 24 bit color TFT

Display size                 95 x 54 mm

Processing                   All digital

SDI Video Input/Output

SDI Format                   SD-SDI, HD-SDI, (3G-SDI Option)

SDI Input/Output       1 x 75 Ohm BNC

EDH                               Yes (SD-SDI)

Reference Input/Output

Genlock                        Bi/Tri/SDI with cross lock

Ref Generator              Bi-level PAL/NTSC +/- 5ppm

Generator timing        0 to 1 Frame WRT reference source

Composite Video Input/Output

Composite formats     PAL / NTSC

Composite input         1 x 75 Ohm BNC

Composite output       1 x 75 Ohm BNC

SFP Input/Output

Interface                        Single Tx, Single Rx or Transceiver (Non-MSA)

Module types                SDI Fiber or SDI Coaxial.


SMPTE 2022-6 connectivity provided by SFP+ modules

See for supported SFP modules


Internal speaker              0.5 watts

Audio DAC                       24 bit stereo

Headphone socket          3.5 mm with auto line out

Generator/Monitor           48kHz 20-bit (SD-SDI) 24-bit (HD-SDI)

Metering                           16 channel PPM with phase indication

AES output                       75 ohm AES Pair via 15-way D-type

AES input                         75 ohm AES Pair via 15-way D-type

Analog output                  Balanced stereo pair via 15-way D-type

Analog input                    Balanced stereo pair via 15-way D-type


Navigation panel               5 menu keys, 8 custom select

Integral battery supply     1-2 hours lithium polymer

Internal storage                2 GB

Remote control                 Web Browser Interface

Ethernet                             Web server, Remote control (TCP/IP Sockets)

Carry case                          Included

AC power supplier            Included (universal)

Security                              Kensington lock fitting

Weight                                900g

Size                                     H: 92mm W: 225mm D: 42mm


Note: Lithium batteries do lose charge over time. PHABRIX offers a battery replacement service



TAG analyzer/generator/monitor SD/HD Handheld (Includes SFP CAGE)


TAG generator functions added (Upgrades PHSXTAG to PHSXTAGC)


*TAG 3G -SDI formats includes advanced formats and 2K support


* Command Scripts + Reports (Repeat testing + create print report)


* SDI Data display + VANC/ANC Inspector


* Enhanced Remote Control for integration


* Advanced zone plate generator (Programmable Y/C zone plate)


* Dolby E/D/D+ analysis + generation (streaming, metering, timing)


Engineering bundle with six options*, namely PHSXO-3GADV,PHSXOS,PHSXOSD,PHSXOR,PHSXOZ,PHSXO-DAG


HDMI EDID viewer software license (requires PHSFP-HDMI-OUT)


IP 2022-6 encap/decap license (requires PHSFP-10SR-2022)


Universal replacement SFP cage – MSA/Non-MSA compliant


Audio cable D15 break out cable for AES, Analog audio and GPI


Sx wall mounting bracket for easy charging (Does not include the charger)


3 Year Warranty*


5 Year Warranty*


SFP optical transceiver 3G/HD/SD


SFP electrical transceiver 3G/HD/SD


SFP HDMI-SDI Input converter


SFP SDI-HDMI Output converter




SFP optical transceiver 3G/HD/SD

*One year warranty included as standard.